Nexeon collaborates with automotive OEM on EV project

Lithium-ion battery producer Nexeon is collaborating with a tier-one automotive OEM with a view to optimising the company’s technology for electric vehicle (EV) applications.

The joint development agreement, which is worth several million pounds, will see the two companies co-operate in the development and evaluation of Nexeon’s silicon materials, which are designed to replace carbon as the anode of Li-ion batteries.

Nexeon claims silicon has major advantages over carbon for vehicle batteries as it is capable of delivering a significantly greater power to weight performance, as well as more energy between charges.

Scientists at Nexeon and their OEM partner will be able to modify the structural properties of the special silicon materials to achieve the best balance of properties for electric vehicle use, where capabilities such as energy stored, time between charges and peak available current will be considered.